AYou know, I don’t quite understand the Chinese criterion of beauty. I mean, I asked some Chinese guys who had seen my girlfriend. I asked them, Isn’t she beautiful? They were looking at me with eyes wide open, like …and they even wondered how in the world I could ever have fallen in love with her!
BI understand. I’ve heard quite a few people say that most Chinese women that foreigners have chosen are not pretty at all. I know I’m one of those that they were describing. I’m surely not beautiful.
AOh, come on, although you married a foreigner, you’re not that bad!
BI mean I think my girlfriend is very pretty and cute. She has these red cheeks, and her silk hair has been evenly cut. Very pretty, very charming.
AChinese don’t notice that sort of thing at all. Amy, what is that saying?
BBeauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
AYeah, that’s right. Magic love.
AHey, look at the offer I got in my e-mail. It says that I can get rich quickly while working at home!
BDo you also believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy?
AWhat do you mean?
BI mean that you’re gullible. You shouldn’t believe everything you read, especially on the Internet.
ABut it seems like a good idea. All I have to do is first send some money to the person who sent me the letter. After that he’ll tell me how to earn much more money.
但是看起来好像是个好主意。 我所要做的就是先给发给我这封信的人寄一些钱。 然后他就告诉我怎样去挣更多的钱。
BSounds like a pyramid scheme. Have you heard of those before?
APyramid scheme? What is that?
BIt’s a scam7 that’s based on a hierarchy, like a pyramid. The person at the top asks the people below him for money, and then tells them to go and ask other people for money while sending some of it back to him.
ASounds good to me. The guy at the top gets money and so do the people below him.
BNot exactly. The scam keeps on going, with the people at the bottom paying more and more money until they reach the very bottom.
AWhat happens then?
BNothing. The people at the bottom give their money to the people above them, and they get nothing. They end up losing. That’s why it’s a scam.
AI see. I guess I should be more careful about what I read, especially on the Internet where you have no idea who anybody is.